Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey finished third overall in the 450SX class at the Cowboy Stadium on Saturday night while teammate Marvin Musquin recovered from a first round crash to finish sixth in his East Coast 250 class opener in front of a packed crowd for the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Series.
Dungey was placed in the second heat during the evening’s night show where he launched his KTM off to a great start. He then moved his KTM into second position to easily qualify for the main event.
He came out of the opening corner in fourth place in the main event and was wheel-on-wheel with Davi Millsaps and Chad Reed in second and third for the first half of the race. After the halfway point he began to reel in Reed and with three laps to go he made the inside pass and took over podium position. Dungey then began to close on Millsaps in the remaining laps. With a couple corners to go, he tried to cut into the inside of Millsaps but was unable to make the pass and had to settle for third position.
“I wish I had a few more laps to try and pressure Millsaps and hopefully takeover second, but I am still happy to walk away with a podium. My bike worked great today and I just need to work on improving my starts to hopefully get back up on the top step of the podium at the next event,” stated Dungey.
Musquin fights back to sixth after first corner crash
Dungey’s Red Bull KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin may have got tangled in a first corner crash in the opening round of the East Coast 250 SX series but he made an excellent recovery from dead last to sixth place at the flag.
The French rider did well in his heat during the afternoon and was able to put his KTM 250 SX-F race machine into second at the end of the six-lap heat race to secure a great gate position for the main event.
He got a mid-pack start down the long start straight in the main event before he crashed in the first corner. He scrambled back on the bike but was then faced with the daunting task of recovery from the back of the pack – dead last as he entered the first rhythm section. After the first lap, he had already caught and passed four riders and was sitting in sixteenth place. He then set about picking off riders in each lap to close the gap between himself and the leaders.
At the halfway mark, Musquin had already moved into the top ten and with two laps to go he began to pressure on Gavin Faith in sixth and made the pass on the final lap.
“Obviously, this isn’t the position I hoped to finish tonight,” remarked Musquin. “But I am glad that I rode well after my crash and was able to climb through the pack to gain back as many points as I could toward the championship. Next week I hope for a better start so I can make a run at the podium.”
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